I miss the certainty of youth. I know I was usually wrong. Yet, the process of having absolute confidence that I knew right from wrong, good from bad, and even honorable from whatever is not, brought me comfort. Now that I have travelled farther on the path, I find myself looking at the clarity of my youth in wonder. Why do I find it comforting? Is there something about removing my fears, uncertainties, and doubts from the moment that makes me feel better? Do I know how ignorant the process made me, even in the moment at hand?
I find myself walking the streets of my youth. Everything has changed. The small homes and shops have made way for tall buildings that never end. The dirty, stinky Singapore River is now giving itself to tourist excursions. Yet, so much is familiar.
As the dawn spills over onto the land for the emerging new town center, I find myself wondering if I am willing to look with God’s eyes at the world around me. Can I let go and see the potential in everyone? Should I let God’s strength be my strength? Is the rebirthing around me going to be a one-time event or a continuous process?
In the past, we have all worn a label or two. Many were justified. Some experienced evil because of our words, actions, and choices. We have also had the opportunity to be reborn, created anew from the inside out. The process may be visible. Equally likely, everyone may have missed it. Some saw a king as a invading marauder. A prophet saw him quite differently. “God's Message to his anointed, to Cyrus, whom he took by the hand to give the task of taming the nations, of terrifying their kings—He gave him free rein, no restrictions.” (Isaiah 45.1)
God looks at you and me and sees one of Divinity’s kids. God blesses us with purpose. God gives us strength. God’s truth changes us from the inside out. Being aware, giving God’s gift to those around us is certain insight.
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